Bloody glass shards lead to suspect |

Bloody glass shards lead to suspect

by Sheila Gardner

Blood on shards of glass from a broken window were traced to a 29-year-old Los Angeles man who has been charged in the February theft of $18,400 in equipment from Ahern Rentals.

Bail was set at $100,000 for Jose Corona who has been charged with burglary and grand larceny. He is to appear for arraignment Wednesday in East Fork Justice Court.

Corona, who was an inmate at the Wayside Correctional Facility in Castaic, Calif., was returned to Douglas County on Friday by Investigator Brian Hubkey.

Ahern Rentals manager Kyle Calhoun contacted deputies early Feb. 2 to report someone broke out the glass in the front door and stole Honda generators and chain saws.

A video showed two suspects getting out of a white minivan at 1:30 a.m. Feb. 2 in the parking lot. One of the suspects broke out the front door window with a rod.

The pair is shown removing generators and chain saws worth $18,400 and driving away in less than 3 minutes according to court documents.

A similar van was observed at the Topaz Agriculture Station south of Gardnerville at 2:30 a.m.

Deputies found a pair of bolt cutters near where the chain saws had been displayed and located drops of blood on the floor inside and outside the store.

Shards of glass were collect from the front of the store that were covered with dried blood and a sample was taken from the floor. The blood evidence was sent to the Washoe County Crime Lab.

A search of the national DNA database showed a match between the evidence swab and Corona who was in custody in Los Angeles.

Corona consented to a test and his profile reportedly matched the original blood swab collected from the floor.

The second suspect in the burglary has not been identified. None of the items has been recovered.